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Eastern California Museum

155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
760-878-0258
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County... more » Owner description: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. The museum's permanent exhibitions include Native American basketry and crafts, Norman Clyde, Water Wars, Manzanar, Mary Austin, farming, ranching, pioneer families, geology, and a rotating special exhibit each year. The Museum also houses about 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region.We also have a museum giftshop. « less
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43 reviews 43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a potentially fascinating museum. Unfortunately our visit was spoiled by a very loud, youngish female volunteer on the reception who chatted loudly to other staff/ visitors for a great deal of our time there.

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Walnut Creek, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Eastern California Museum is chock full of old pictures, machinery, historical plaques and tomes. We love swinging in here. The docents are incredibly informative and more than happy to go out of their way to answer your questions. Thank goodness the museum knew where the County pet cemetery was!

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Madera, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This place is a block off 395 and is a fantastic stop. I am sorry I have driven by a hundred times without stopping. Lady running it is wonderful. Book selection is the best.

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Mojave, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A statement in the museum is certainly accurate when I visited the Eastern California Museum, Independence, CA...the heart of the museum's collection is the basketry which is one of the largest exhibits of Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone and Death Valley Panamint-Shoshone basketry in the Nation. From cradleboards, to bows and arrows, then highlighted by the awesome Paiute beadwork, this accessible museum... More

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Bakersfield
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33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Hubby and I figured a quick stop to see this museum-as soon as we walked in our mouths dropped open! What an amazing place! The most fantastic Native American basket collection I've ever seen! And in perfect condition! But that is only one part, there are so many wonderful artifacts-it's like going to a mini-smithsonian! Don't miss it!

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

My wife and I stopped by this museum on a roadtrip. They have a large collection of native American baskets, whose workmanship and artistry are evident even if you are not interested in baskets. Lots of photographs and artifacts. Some of the minerals I had not even seem in the Smithsonian's collection. The dedicated staff are a national treasure in... More

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Wiehle, VA
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213 reviews 213 reviews
35 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is one of California's finest museums. This is a strong recommend! Allow several hours to explore not just the museum, but the "attic" out back!

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

If you want to stop while traveling along the 395 and learn more about the Sierra Nevada and Owens Valley, then make sure to stop by this free museum. It has exhibits indoors and outdoors, it's interesting, and worth your time. I recommend it!

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Wonderful collection of native american basketry and other artifacts, as well as a research library.

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Heber City, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This museum is a few blocks off the highway and because of its remote location may be passed by. But this was a real treat and has hundreds of Native American artifacts, beads, points and an amazing collection of baskets from two private collections. I lost count somewhere around 150 baskets ranging from small hand baskets to huge water jugs.... More

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